Monday, November 22, 2021

Weekend Box-Office: GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE Opens With $44 Million While KING RICHARD Tanks

Weekend Box-Office: GHOSTBUSTERS AFTERLIFE Opens With $44 Million While KING RICHARD Tanks

The eagerly awaited sequel "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" finally opened in theaters and dominated the weekend box-office, but the Will Smith starrer "King Richard" bombed on debut. Also, the new James Bond movie hits another major milestone.

Read more about the weekend box-office after the jump.

Sony's "Ghostbusters: Afterlife" opened with $44 million from 4,315 theaters, surpassing expectations of a $28-35 million debut. It's a comparable result to that of Paul Feig's ill-fated 2016 reboot which opened with $46 million, but quickly dropped out and finished its theatrical run with just $128.3 million domestically and $229.1 million worldwide against a $144 million budget. The 2021 film only cost $75 million to produce, has more positive feedback from fans than the 2016 reboot, and with Thanksgiving on the horizon, it has great box-office potential.

"Ghostbusters: Afterlife" also grossed $16 million from 31 overseas markets. The film received an "A-" CinemaScore grade and a 62% Rotten Tomatoes rating from critics.

Disney's "Eternals" fell to second place with $10.8 million, dropping a massive 59.7% in its third weekend. The Marvel movie has now grossed a total of $135.8 million domestically and another $200.3 million overseas.

In third place we have Paramount's "Cliford the Big Red Dog" with $8.1 million. The film dropped 51.3% and its domestic tally has reached $33.5 million.

The other new wide release, Warner Bros' biopic "King Richard" opened in fourth place with just $5.7 million from 3,302 theaters. The studio's projection was closer to $10 million. The film also added a disappointing $2.5 million overseas. Considering its budget is estimated at around $50 million, that's a pretty hard blow for the studio.

The film was also released simultaneously on HBO Max, which could have contributed to the film's terrible results, especially since its not a spectacle-driven movie that requires a huge screen to enjoy. Also, tennis might not be the most popular sport ever for moviegoing audiences. Overall, both critics and audiences seemed to enjoy "King Richard": 92% fresh critical reception on Rotten Tomatoes and an "A" grade from CinemaScore.

The Top 5 is rounded out by the sci-fi epic "Dune" with $3 million. After five weeks in theaters, the film still hasn't crossed the $100 million mark domestically, stopping at just $98.2 million. Overseas is where the film has performed a lot better, raking in a total of $268.9 million.

Another notable box-office fact is that the James Bond movie "No Time to Die" has finally surpassed "F9: The Fast Saga" as the highest grossing Hollywood movie of 2021 with $734.1 million worldwide, versus "F9"'s $721.1 million.

Rank Title Weekend Gross Domestic Total Foreign Total Budget
1 Ghostbusters: Afterlife $44M $44M $16M $75M
2 Eternals $10.8M $135.8M $200.3M $200M
3 Clifford the Big Red Dog $8.1M $33.5M N/A $64M
4 King Richard $5.7M $5.7M $2.5M $50M
5 Dune $3M $98.1M $268.9M $165M
6 Venom: Let There Be Carnage $2.8M $206.5M $248.2M $110M
7 No Time to Die $2.7M $154.6M $579.4M $250M
8 The French Dispatch $0.9M $13.2M $14.7M $25M
9 Belfast $0.9M $3.4M N/A N/A
10 Ron's Gone Wrong $0.8M $22M $35.5M N/A


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